It’s the season of thanks and giving; one where we often turn to our own feelings of gratitude. It makes for a good social media post and it’s a hot topic on your favorite morning TV show. But how much does having an attitude of gratitude actually benefit you? It may be more than you think!
Around 2010, scientific studies started linking gratitude to our own physical and mental health. Since then, multiple studies have substantiated this belief, and it’s now become a regular practice of wellness professionals. Let’s start with a list of some benefits: more connected relationships, less depression, more motivation, and better overall mental well-being. Seems logical, right? Being thankful leads to more happiness. But what about the physical benefits? People report less aches and pains, as well as less visits to the doctor! Whoa! That’s pretty powerful! (Source: New York Presbyterian website)
If you’re not already in the practice of having an attitude of gratitude, try a few of these tips to get started:
Try the TGT “three good things”--everyday find 3 good things and state them before bed
Write a thank you note
Start a gratitude journal
This season, I encourage you to practice gratitude, and help others around you do the same! I know this is something we’ve been doing with our boys at home, and it’s been such a positive part of our day! This week we even made a tree for our Thanksgiving centerpiece. By shifting our focus to the positive, we really can make a great change to ourselves and those around us!
To all of our members and guests, I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
See you in the club!